Huawei will be announcing their investment, which they are plunging millions of pounds into a project held by ‘The University of Manchester’s National Graphene Institute’. The project, which will examine prospective applications of graphene, will be among a series of partnerships signed during the nation visit to Britain of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese President.
Two scientists at the University of Manchester discovered Graphene back in 2004. A number of independent companies have been focusing on exploiting the material commercially.
WHAT IS GRAPHENE?
Graphene is a form of carbon consisting planar sheets, which are one atom thick, arranged in a honeycomb shaped lattice. Includes many extraordinary properties such as conducts heat and electricity efficiently and is nearly transparent.
Graphene, which is just a single atom thick and two hundred times stronger than steel, is expected to be used in the future for a large range of industries. Including water purification technology, aeroplane wings, fuel cells plus more flexible and durable phones for Huawei.
Huawei is one of an emerging breed of Chinese companies and is now the world’s second largest telecoms equipment manufacturer. The company plays an important role in the provision of the UK’s critical communications infrastructure, and has partnerships with the likes of Openreach, the national broadband infrastructure network owned by BT Group and EE the mobile communications operator.
In the recent years, Huawei has seen expansion in Australia and India. In a report commissioned by Huawei is said to exceed commitment made in 2012 to invest at least £1.3 billion in the UK by 2017 and that it now supports 7,400 British jobs. Unlike most Chinese enterprises, Huawei is privately owned.
Referenced by Sky News.